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Old 04-27-2019, 02:21 PM   #1
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Oliver vs Escape Price Difference

Just curious. I don't have a TT yet, just researching. I narrowed down to an Oliver or Escape. I am not interested in Cold weather camping (from Florida
), so I don't know if it is worth paying the extra money. Also, I don't know of the aluminum frame on the Oliver is significant compared to the steel on the Escape, concerning to lasting.

I wonder if there is anyone who purchased an escape who wished they would have purchased an Oliver.

Anyway, a few years before I purchase, but I am one of those who researches way in advance.

Thanks for input.
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:36 PM   #2
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With the current exchange rate, you can purchase a $40,000 cn Escape trailer for about $30,000 USD. Current Olivers run about $55,000 USD and weigh about 1,000# more than an Escape. Towing cost and purchase cost are 2 variables to deal with.
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:43 PM   #3
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When I decided to move on from my 16' Scamp, cost was a factor, but not the only factor. For me it was quality, customer service and LAY OUT. I could buy the biggest, best, most expensive towable made, but if I hated the layout there would be no point in making the buy. I don't care for any of the Oliver's lay outs. Even the largest Oliver at 23'6" has a 'tiny' kitchen galley. I LOVE the counter space in my 5.0TA.


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Old 04-27-2019, 03:18 PM   #4
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I've talked to a number of Oliver owners, they love their trailers just like we do. I'd take a ride to TN and go see them if one of their floor plans works for you and look at an Escape the size you'd want. See if the difference is worth the $ to you. Like Donna, the floor plan of the 5.0TA sold me, but then Oliver's have changed a lot since then. If you are new to RV's I'd look into used Oliver resale too, these small trailers are not for everyone. A good number of folks get rid of them after a year or 2 for various reasons.
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A rare chance to contribute! We took the Oliver factory tour and came away convinced that some good people build a very fine RV. But we won't be buying one, for two reasons, and the first is floor plan. The space just does not work for us. We felt cramped and confined, everywhere. And the cost is substantial. We put together a build sheet with desired options and hit a bit over $77K. Now we have looked at Airstreams which make the Oliver seem fairly priced---and if Airstreams were built to the quality of Olivers, we would own one---- and as mentioned the quality is first rate, but that is over twice what we would have to pay for an equivalent Escape, even if paying for delivery across the country. You simple cannot beat the value of the Escape for a US buyer right now!
And, we like the floor plans and the space utilization much better anyway.
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:12 PM   #6
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I would not dismiss Oliver’s 4 season capabilities just because you live in Florida after all you are purchasing a travel trailer . We bought an Escape 21 for two reasons , one we wanted more space and two the floor plan . Cost was not the driving issue for us , an Oliver is worth the asking price . They are two different trailer , designed for two different markets IMHO
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:14 PM   #7
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On our way back home to northern NM two days ago, we had to lay over in Santa Fe for a couple of days so our contractor could complete the rough carpentry on a "trailer-port" we are having built. By coincidence, there happened to be an Oliver 24 in the campground and we stopped to chat with the owners. They graciously offered us a tour and we gladly accepted. Here are our general impressions:

Pro Oliver: nice fit and finish on hardware like door and cabinet latches, hinges, etc; it has a very clean, sanitary feeling with all the white fiberglass inside; has a nice big closet for hanging clothes; had a microwave/convection oven; all the plumbing lines are located in the interior of the trailer in a heated space; and, the status factor of owning an Oliver. We did not get to look at the bathroom so can't offer comments on that.

Con-Oliver: has a cramped, tiny, almost claustrophobic feeling interior; has less storage than an E21; has a small kitchen with limited cooking facilities (wife liked the micro/convection oven but was not impressed with the kitchen). The owners made a point to show us the portable pizza oven in which they said they make most of their meals. That tells you something. Incidentally, a 24' Oliver is 24' tip to tail. The owner said the glass body was actually about 19'.

My verdict: It looked to be much the same in exterior proportions as our E21 but really felt so tiny inside. I wouldn't take the deal if someone offered me an even-up trade of our E21 for their comparably equipped Oliver 24. Having said that, if you have your heart set on an Oliver, then by all means get one. I do urge you to spend some time inside both units, however, before making a decision.
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:08 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for your replies.

Everyone makes great points!
I am a few years away, but I like doing the research and dreaming a little!

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Old 04-27-2019, 08:08 PM   #9
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Just curious. I don't have a TT yet, just researching. I narrowed down to an Oliver or Escape. I am not interested in Cold weather camping (from Florida
), so I don't know if it is worth paying the extra money. Also, I don't know of the aluminum frame on the Oliver is significant compared to the steel on the Escape, concerning to lasting.

I wonder if there is anyone who purchased an escape who wished they would have purchased an Oliver.

Anyway, a few years before I purchase, but I am one of those who researches way in advance.

Thanks for input.
Dwain
Even though we own a Escape we like Oliver. Everything on the Oliver is high end and thoughtful and worth it's price First it is 4 season . It is 2 trailers , reason for the weight It is only 7 ft wide like our 19 Escape . There is no comparison that can be made between the 2 trailers . It is like trying to compare a Rolls Royce to a Ford . Each are for different buyers . There is no comparison that can be made . The interior reminds one of being on a boat . I will tell you the seating is very comfortable and so well insulated you will stay cool on a hot day with not even a fan running . And quiet , I can't forget . Would we own one you bet , as soon as we win the lottery . So we own a Escape which is what we can afford . Pat
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:38 PM   #10
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Oliver’s are approaching Airstreams in price. But your question was Escape vs Oliver.
I’d go with the Escape, no particular reason. I like the look of them. They seem roomier.
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